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December 30, 2015
OPINION: Thanks, North Dakota delegation, for scrapping oil-export ban
Our nation took a new step forward on Dec. 18, when the Senate passed and the president approved the lifting of the oil-export ban. When we...
December 30, 2015 - 9:19am
November 16, 2015
Commodity producers may be better bet in any demand recovery
LAUNCESTON, Australia -- Let's assume that you are a somewhat contrarian investor and take the view that the recent slump to fresh lows in commodity...
November 16, 2015 - 11:16am
November 11, 2015
OPINION: The Bakken isn't as bad as what's being reported
Commentary on the Bakken seems to come in spurts but one thing is consistent -- the opinions are usually from those not living or working in it. Much of it is unsupported in fact. Take for instance a Washington, D.C., writer who penned that oil producers are here "to make a quick...
November 11, 2015 - 9:39am
July 14, 2014
ND Industrial Commission violated open records law with records delay
BISMARCK - The North Dakota Industrial Commission violated the state's open records laws by taking almost two months to provide minutes of its meetings, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said in an opinion Monday. The records were requested by a campaign volunteer for Democrat Ryan...
July 14, 2014 - 12:34pm
May 29, 2014
MN Credit Union Network sounds off on tax debate
The six months-long back-and-forth debate about credit unions and taxation on the pages of "Prairie Business" has gone on long enough. Credit unions are a vital part of today's financial services industry, offering a not-for-profit business model that is vastly different in structure...
May 29, 2014 - 9:30am
August 21, 2013
OP ED: Army Corps of Engineers wrong on Missouri River water plan
As Mark Twain said, whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) recently started a rule making process in an effort to manage and 'sell' surplus water from the Missouri River reservoirs. The process is an attempt to quantify so called surplus...
August 21, 2013 - 10:23am
May 30, 2013
The future is now, let's not miss it
My late father used to tell me that if you work smart, doors will open. Similarly, if you squander an opportunity, those doors slam shut. In...
May 30, 2013 - 2:10pm
May 10, 2010
Passing along family assets present challenges
A friend startled me recently when she said her relatives "want to take it with them." Her statement surprised me since I thought of the couple as family oriented and I expected that their local farm land would be...
May 10, 2010 - 4:30pm
VIEWPOINT: Ross Almlie
During the 1990s most investors viewed retirement as a normal progression equipped with adequate capital for those who stayed the course in the...
May 10, 2010 - 2:56pm
VIEWPOINT: STEPHANIE HERSETH SANDLIN
Recently, the House and Senate passed, and the president signed into law pay-as-you-go budget rules. Pay-as-you-go, also known as PAYGO, is a...
May 10, 2010 - 2:49pm
From the editor's desk: Social media use and your business
A growing number of businesses are starting to look to social marketing and networking sites as potential new marketing tools. Cambridge, MA-based...
May 10, 2010 - 12:24pm
April 5, 2010
JACK GELLER: No more business as usual
With a current $994 million state budget deficit for the 2010-2011 biennium and a lurking $5.8 billion deficit through 2013, Minnesota will no...
April 5, 2010 - 2:46pm
February 8, 2010
From the editor's desk: The myth of multitasking
As I write this I am simultaneously going back and forth between checking and responding to e-mail, composing another story, fielding phone calls,...
February 8, 2010 - 8:40am
Matthew Mohr: Persistence drives sales success
A business may have a great product with fantastic marketing, but somewhere along the line a customer needs to buy the product. That means that at some point, a sale needs to be closed. Some sales take a long time to develop, while others happen rather quickly. ...
February 8, 2010 - 8:34am
Jack Geller: Let's stop kicking the can on Minnesota's budget
When I was a 6-year-old kid back in New York, one of my favorite games was kick the can. My favorite place to play was in the alley across the...
February 8, 2010 - 8:18am